Unmanned aerial systems remain largely in their infancy, and yet they already threaten defense and intelligence operations: advanced surveillance capabilities of these systems enable adversaries to collect data and information to shape military tactics, and swarming techniques increasingly serve as a means for adversaries to distract, to disorient, and disrupt.
Such threats, combined with others that thus far remain untapped,
have placed counter-UAS efforts at the top of the priority
list for defense agencies. It is a key part both of mission strategies
and research and development efforts.